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Courtesy of Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey
Ethelene "Shorty" Hyletah (McClellan) Pharis
February 11, 1927 - January 20, 2009
© Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home
Submitted by: Janet Laubhan Flickinger

Ethelene "Shorty"¯ Hyletha Pharis, 81, of Hugo, OK died Tuesday, January 20. She was born February 11, 1927, in Hugo, OK, to Willie Shorty McClellan and Eunice Gray McGhee McClellan. She had lived in this area all of her life and was a homemaker.

Ethelene married Walter "Bugs"¯ Poke Pharis on March 20, 1947 in Hugo, OK. She and Bugs operated the Southeastern Produce Co. Ethelene enjoyed her family, friends and especially going out to eat.

Ethelene was preceded in death by her husband: Walter of 42 years in 1989; special father: Leslie McGhee; her parents; one daughter: Hyletha McGhee Webber; one sister: Freda Choat and one brother: Don Austin McGhee.

She is survived by one son: Walter Pharis of Sawyer, OK; one daughter, Barbara "Bobbie"¯ Stone of Hugo, OK; 5 grandchildren: Jeff, Bo, Samantha, LaShell and Patricia; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Shorty also raised her granddaughter, Karen Sue Dees and one great grandson, Nathan Randall Bennett.

A celebration of Ethelene’s life will be held Friday, January 23, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Green and Brother Mutt Wallace officiating.

Burial will follow at the Shoat Springs Cemetery.

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